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    Default how to replace a tire?

    Here is a stupid question. I just bought my first tractor this week and today I screwed up with the box blade and stuck a ripper into the back tire. The tire is a 15.5-38 on 14" rim. How do I go about replacing it? Do the tire dealers come install a new one for you? I see how the tire unbolts and I guess I could jack up the tractor and remove it but it looks to be so heavy that I would never move it. or get it loaded in my truck to take to town for repair.


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    Default Re: how to replace a tire?

    Call your dealer and let him deal with it. If you live near a large city, possibly the tire damage can have a vulcanized repair done to it. If not, you will need to purchase a new tire. Considering the size, you would be better off letting the people that know how to handle the tire remove it. If it fell on you, it would do more damage to your body than the cost of the service call. The proper equipment to handle the weigh is important. The tire service truck will have a crane mounted on the rear that will lift the tire and place it onto the bed of the truck and take it back to the shop for dismounting. They will have wooden blocks that the tractor will be placed on while the tire is off for repair.

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    Super Star Member RoyJackson's Avatar
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    Default Re: how to replace a tire?

    Since you didn't mention any liquid coming out, I'll assume your tire wasn't ballasted.
    If you have wheel mounted weights, remove them first.

    If possible, get the tractor on the most level place you can find, preferably on a concrete or asphalt drive or parking pad (or, in the garage or outbuilding if you have one).

    Have a buddy standing by to help you.

    Break the wheel bolts (or nuts) loose just enough to be able to turn freely with your wrench.

    Jack the tractor up under the draw bar bracket (not on the draw bar). Jack just high enough to get the tire a " or so off the surface.

    Put a JACKSTAND UNDER THE AXLE CLOSE TO THE HUB and lower the jack until the axle is seated on to the jack stand.

    Remove the wheel bolts (or nuts, if that's what you have).

    Do your best not to have that tire/wheel fall over unless you plan on repairing it right there. Roll the tire to your truck...you and your buddy should be able to pick it up or at least pivot it over the tail gate.

    Obviously, once repaired, installation is in the reverse order.

    You can call a tire shop specializing in truck tires to come fix it, or your dealer may do it...won't be cheap though.

    When I had to have mine replaced, I just left the jack under the the draw bar bracket (along with the jack stand) for the couple days it took to get the tire replaced (mine was cut on the sidewall, hence not repairable).

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    Default Re: how to replace a tire?

    Both the other guys are right; Junkman for safety and Roy if you want to try it yourself. I've done a few and like Roy said, have a helper with you and be careful. Of course we don't know where you are or what experience you have had with tires. I don't consider it a "bad" job, but it's usually a dirty job and can be dangerous. In my area, there was a company that would send a truck out to repair or replace a tire for $65 (plus the cost of a new tire if required).

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    Default Re: how to replace a tire?

    </font><font color="blue" class="small">( Here is a stupid question. )</font>

    BDOG....

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    Default Re: how to replace a tire?

    bdog, I don't know where you live, but if you live in farm country, there are probably agricultural tire specialists, like we have around here. I've used them for my tractors. They're usually so reasonable, it isn't worth doing it yourself. They usually have everything they need on their truck, including a gas powered compresser, torches, tubes, and anything you can think of.

    Last summer, I noticed that one of the rear wheel rims in my 1951 Ferguson was corroding. I got a new wheel rim at my local tractor parts shop, and I asked him what to do about removing the old wheel rim and installing the new one. He called up the local ag tire guy. The guy came over the next day. The wheel was original, and probably had never been removed for 53 years. He had to torch each bolt until he could break it. It took quite a long time. Then the rim was actually corroded to the axel. More torching. Finally he got the rim off, and put the new one on. Removed the tire, and the tube was shot. He had the right tube on his truck, he installed the tire and loaded it. Believe it or not, the whole job took over an hour and a half. The price, including the tube was $75. I think that was real reasonable, considering the amount of time it took.

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    Default Re: how to replace a tire?

    If I am in a pinch, I do them myself. I have a set of Kal Van tire spoons (available at TSC or a farm store) and you use them to remove the tire from the rim. Most ag. tires are tube type and you can patch the tube. If it is a tubeless tire, you have to "boot" the tire from the inside. The "boot" is a tire patch just like a tube patch but placed inside the tire carcass.

    We break our tractor tires too, but not on a regular basis. Once in a while we have to fix a large tractor tire. We use what is called a Bead Cheata. It's a tool that will lever the bead from the rim using a 1/2" drive ratchet or an impact wrench. The Bead Cheata is about $150.00.

    Probably the easiest way if you have the time is to dismount the rim and tire and take it to a tire place, one that does ag. tires. I just had a set of 2 implement tires mounted with new tubes. It was $30.00.

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    Default Re: how to replace a tire?

    Last year I was unfortunate enought to have to have several tires fixed. When I had a ag tire remote service van come to my farm for a 16.9x30 filled R! it was $150 plus $40 tube plus $140 fluid. The nest time I took it off and had it done in the shop. This time the tube was repaired and the repair cost was $30. Quite a difference. We used a second tractor to move the tire.

    Andy

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    Default Re: how to replace a tire?

    I haven't blown out a tire -yet, but was contemplating replacing the brakes on my 1972 Ford 2000. Considering the weight of the large, loaded ag tires, I just paid the local tractor dealer to do the job. We drove the tractor there (2 miles) to save the delivery fee and he charged aroung $300 parts and labor. I'm sure this is kinda high, but it is sure cheaper and less painful than a ER visit and 6 weeks in a cast waiting for a broken leg to heal!

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    Default Re: how to replace a tire?

    Mine are small enough I can handle them alone, but you need help. If you can possibly do it, taking the wheel with busted tire to the dealer for replacement is a whole lot cheaper than having them come to you. Now you have to temper that statement with the one about being cheaper than the hospital bill.

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